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The New York Mets will retire Keith Hernandez’ No. 17 on Saturday prior to the Mets-Marlins game at Citi Field.
“I don’t think ‘bewilderment’ is the right term, but I do feel like I’m lost in space that it happened to me,” Hernandez told the media. “An honor like this is something that I never dreamed of. You dream of being on a world championship team. You dream of being a batting champion or an MVP. The thought of having a number retired, I can tell you, never crossed my mind.”
Hernandez was a member of the 1986 World Series Championship team and the 1988 National League Eastern Division champs. He played 6 1/2 seasons with New York (1983-1989), batted .297 and winning five Gold Glove Awards (11-time GG winner during his career). Hernandez was selected team captain in 1987 by then Mets manager Davey Johnson, a first in franchise history.
His storied 17-year playing career was just the beginning of Hernandez’ love affair with New York and Mets fans. He went on to gin massive notoriety for his cameos on Seinfeld, and later, his work as an analyst for SNY.
Hernandez was elected to the MetsRewind Hall of Fame in the Fall 2019, garnering 86.2% of the vote followed by Gary Carter (66.7%), Dwight Gooden (57.2%), Rusty Staub (54.3%) and Darryl Strawberry (51.4%).
- Year Played: 17 (1974-1990)
- Career Batting Average: .297
- Gold Glove Awards: 11
- National League MVP: 1 (1979)
- All Star Game: 5
- World Series Titles: 2 (1982, 1986)
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New York Post
Hernandez’s 17 will join 14, 31, 36, 37 and 41. Surely David Wright’s No. 5 won’t be far behind. The Seaver statue is coming. Old-Timers’ Day is back. The Mets turn 60 years on April 11. The New Breed is now the old guard.
New York Daily News
At long last, it’s finally happened. As the Mets celebrate their 60th anniversary during the 2022 season, they’ll have Keith Hernandez’s jersey on display next to the other pillars of the franchise, right where it should have been years ago.
In July, he will have his number 17 retired by the Mets after having been in their Hall of Fame since 1997. He was also named to the St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame last year. But there is one thing missing – a plaque in Cooperstown.
New York Times
The Mets and their owner, Steven Cohen, did not wait for a committee to validate Hernandez’s legacy. They understand — finally — that they are stewards of their past, and Hernandez is vital to their story.
Few baseball players have managed not only to maintain their popularity over the decades, but to grow it the way Keith Hernandez has. Multiple generations have come to adore him in his prime to the millions who knew him first as a broadcaster.